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California governor declares statewide emergency

“If you live in an affected area, please stay safe, alert, and heed all warnings from local officials,” says Newsom

A house on fire with two firefighters battling it.
A home in Healdsburg burns during the Kincade Fire.
Photo by Josh EdelsonAFP via Getty Images

Due to the Kincade Fire and unprecedented high winds in Northern California, which have caused the largest mass evacuation in Sonoma County history, as well as an ongoing blaze in Santa Clarita, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Sunday.

“We’re deploying every resource available as we continue to respond to these fires and unprecedented high-winds,” said the governor after declaring the emergency. “If you live in an affected area, please stay safe, alert, and heed all warnings from local officials.”

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has already scorched more than 74,300 acres and destroyed at least 80 structures; it stands at 15 percent containment. The blaze, which ignited Wednesday, has also led to the evacuation of more than 200,000 residents.

The National Guard has been ordered to help fight the wildfire.

In conjunction with the wildfire and evacuations, a widespread PG&E planned outage has shut off power to more than 2.3 million people since Saturday. (Use this map to see if your address will be affected by the blackouts.) Communities in Colusa, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Yolo counties remain in the dark.

The Tick Fire in Southern California has burned 4,615 acres, as well as destroying several structures, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.

In addition to meeting with first responders and residents of Napa, Geyserville, and Los Angeles this week, Gov. Newsom secured fire management assistance grants to help fight the Kincade and Tick fires.